Or he who has the gold rules. Same game.
Dangerous for fly fishers, taking on 'money interests'
can be expensive in both dollars and time.
We've had some comments on our Bulletin Board recently
about 'big' interests doing bad stuff to our watersheds,
purposing a casino on the Neversink, loss of access and
degradation because of a purposed huge development between
Mohonk Preserve, (shown above) Minnewaska State Park, and Sams Point
Preserve in New York State and I'm sure where you live
there is someone planning to build, remove water from,
pollute or otherwise threaten our waters or access.
On the casino on the Neversink, 'The Inveigler of Trout,'
wrote a well-thought out answer to the cries of "Does
the DRF, TU or The Nature Conservancy have a plan to
oppose this? What can we do to stop it?" If you have
not read this particular topic, I encourage you to do
so - it is very important, because it is going to happen
to you, in your region, where you live.
Casino on the Neversink???
In part, he states:
"Abe Lincoln once said that people deserve the government they get.
The same goes for development. FLY FISHERMEN DESERVE THE DEVELOPMENTS
THEY GET, ESPECIALLY ON THE STREAMS THEY LOVE. That's a fact. And I know
this made a bunch of you angry, but please read on.
You really need to read the whole post, and the others
following, but my point is this; in last's weeks column
I said, "Our country will survive. Our flag will still
wave. But fly fishing may not survive. Who will fight
As the Neversink sinks, remember, you deserve it. It is
your legacy for failing to get involved sooner instead
of later. When you failed to insist that your state
enact tough environmental and land use planning laws,
you also declared open season on your favorite stream."
Case in point? The writer who asks if any of the named
groups is doing something to oppose it? It isn't up to a
'group' to oppose bad stuff. It is up to YOU!
We have elected local people to county commissions, state
boards, without knowing a hoot about what their values are,
or if they will protect and defend our country much less
defend our watersheds and wildlife. It is the LOCAL
commissions and boards who pass the bulk of the permitting
allowing developments. And let's get real, their 'service'
to the community is not their full-time job. They are
people who work, own businesses and have the same financial
problems we all have. Will their community be better
off with more money coming in? Duh. Nearly every
politician will promise a chicken in every pot. Will
they have more money in their pockets? It's called greed.
If no one has told you this before, write it down;
Everyone operates from their own self interest first.
People purposing creating huge developments or casinos
are in it to make money. They can sugar coat their
proposal by citing 'jobs, revenue, financial support
for schools' or any number of things which may turn
out to be lies. But since there isn't any law saying
they have to tell the truth, you should expect lies
and you won't be shocked later.
Do you vote? Did you vote in the last local election?
Why not? Not interested in 'local' politics? Well shame
Folks in Texas have a battle coming. They may not even
know it. I sincerely hope the Texans voted in their
last elections too - because this one is going to hit
If you recall some months ago, Hillfisher wrote a column
about RV vehicles in Texas streams and rivers who had
claimed such waters as their personal playground. Many
of our readers wrote the Governor, and that practice
will be stopped. Ah, but don't take a deep breath,
there is another one. The Texas Farm Bureau, in the
February issue of their magazine Texas Agriculture
gives a overview of a February state meeting of Farm
Bureaus Leadership Conference. Some 450 'leaders'
meet to discuss "commodity discussions and receive
briefings on proposed legislation and potential impacts..."
The front page of the magazine headline? "Open Season,
TFB seeks landowner hunting license exemption for feral
hogs.." Let's see, the TFB (Texas Farm Bureau) wants
Elk to be unlisted as a game animal, and landowners
not required to buy licenses. Follow it through?
No money for a elk license (in fact, no license) and
the same for feral hogs. What is that license money
used for? What departments are totally supported by
the sale of hunting and fishing licenses? Could it
be the TFB wants to do away with the Texas Dept.
of Fish and Game?
And how are they going to do that? By convincing the
state legislature that landowners should be exempt.
Are these the same landowners who charge 'dudes' $300
to $600 to hunt elk or wild pigs on their property?
And they shouldn't have to buy a license?
Also on the TFB list: "supporting legislation to prohibit
hunting in the riverbed and prohibiting motor vehicle
access in riverbeds." One of my correspondents in Texas
sent me a note on this one, "Next will be prohibition of
fishing riverbeds, and then landowners will take over
[ownership] of riverbeds."
If you live in Texas, it's time for you to find out
who your local representative and senator to the
Texas legislature are and contact them! You elected
these people didn't you? Right.
If you are a member of the TFB and a fly fisher or hunter,
you need to contact your local representative and ask
who is responsible for this piece of stupidity. Tell
them it has to stop.
Winston Churchill had a wonderful quote, and it seems to
fit the sort of legislators we have elected who promise
a chicken in every pot - something for everyone. No
matter what your interest or cause, they've got a program
for you. It's called appeasement. Churchill's quote,
"appeasement reflects the hope that the crocodile will eat you last."
Obviously, the TFB and the developers and casino
people - and another batch we'll hear about down the
road are all counting on being the ones standing when
everything else is gone.
Unless we wake up, they will be right. And they will
be the ones with all the money. ~ The LadyFisher
Credits: Photo from the Mohonk Preserve website:
Celebrating their 40th Year!
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